You know all the hubbub about Ann Coulter calling John Edwards a “faggot” this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference? She was supposed to do that. That’s why they invite her. American political conservatives love this stuff. They eat it up.
You think this came out of the blue? She’s been doing this for seven years now. Via Orcinus:
CPAC 2007 — “I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word â€˜faggot,â€™ so I â€” so kind of an impasse, canâ€™t really talk about Edwards.â€
CPAC 2006 — “I think our motto should be post-9-11, ‘raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'”
CPAC 2005 — â€œLiberals like to scream and howl about McCarthyism, I say letâ€™s give them some. Theyâ€™ve have intellectual terror on campus for years….itâ€™s time for a new McCarthyism.â€
â€œSince theyâ€™re always acting like theyâ€™re oppressedâ€¦I say letâ€™s do it, letâ€™s oppress them.â€
â€œIn addition to racist and Nazi, how about adding traitor to the list of things that professors canâ€™t be? And yes, I realize I just proposed firing the entire Harvard faculty.â€
CPAC 2004 — “You can never be too scandalous in talking about liberals. These people are animals; they want to destroy the country and they support the Taliban and al-Qaida the way they supported Stalin in McCarthy’s day.” (She also characterized the Democratic Party as being run by “breathtakingly stupid women”).
CPAC 2003 — â€œWhy not go to war just for oil? We need oil.”
CPAC 2002 — “In contemplating college liberals, you really regret, once again, that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals by making them realize that they could be killed, too. Otherwise they will turn out into outright traitors.”
According to PFAW, in this same talk Coulter also accused U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta of being consumed with hatred for America, belittled his experiences in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, and appeared to imply that she would celebrate if he were killed.
CPAC 2001 — From PFAW’s coverage: Ann Coulter informed the crowd that George W. Bush has done a spectacular job during his first month in office, and speculated that perhaps he is far more clever than people had believed. In less than a month, Coulter stated, Bush has managed to totally disarm the Democrat’s most cliched criticism: that Republicans are mean. Coulter suggested that Bush has apparently figured out that “all you have to do is go around calling yourself nice,” making it surprisingly “easy to hornswoggle liberals.” Bush has managed to control the agenda, and will continue to do so, said Coulter, as long as he continues to “treat liberals like small children having nightmares.” According to Coulter, it seems as if “the mistake Republicans have been making for years was to treat liberals like adults.”
CPAC 2000 — Coulter received CPAC’s annual journalism award. (Hard to believe we’ve endured over seven years of her already, isn’t it?)
Calling John Edwards a faggot? She has talked about EXECUTING LIBERALS at this convention before. Her favorite word to describe liberals is “traitor” — and guess what, treason is the only capital offense specified in the U.S. Constitution. “Oh my, how could she possibly have said something hateful?” BECAUSE POLITICAL CONSERVATIVES LOVE HER HATEFULNESS AND WANT TO HEAR LOTS AND LOTS OF IT. HATE IS HER JOB. And the major conservative convention in America invites her back again and again and again.
The only mystery is why this time people are acting surprised and disapproving.